Court to Rule on Bail Application of Fisheries Director

By Rohey Jadama
Famara Darboe, the Director of Fisheries, who is charged with eleven
counts, including neglect of official duty, economic crime and abuse
of office, on Tuesday, 17 February, appeared at the Banjul High Court
before Justice Simon A. Abi seeking for bail.When the case was called, Lawyer Edward Singhatey, counsel of the
accused, applied for his client to be granted bail.
In response, State Counsel R. Dougan told the court that they are not
opposing the bail application.
Counsel Singhatey said since the state is not opposing bail, he would
like to draw the attention of the court to the charges that the
applicant is facing.  He said the economic crime charge on count two
has not indicated any amount and that the amount on count five states
D500, 000. He said they want to avert the courts mind to section 99
subsections 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). He said for count
four which is neglect of official duty, the amount stated therein is
D13, 913, 481. 38.
He appealed to the court not to make the conditions of the bail onerous.
The trial judge adjourned the case to 23rd February, 2015 for ruling
on the bail application.
However, Mr. Nfamara Dampha, the former Director of Fisheries, was
also in court but his bail application was not heard.